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NIA custody of Hurriyat leaders extended by Patiala court regarding funding case

Srinagar: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) custody of resistance leaders has been extended by ten more days by the Patiala court on Friday. Among the four is the son-in-law of Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Geelani, while three separatist leaders were sent to judicial custody for one month in the case.

Those who have been sent to judicial custody include Aftab Hilali Shah, Farooq Ahmed Dar & Ayaz Akbar.

The accused have been charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

The arrests were made on the charges of funding of stone pelting in the Kashmir valley.

Altaf Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Mehraj Kalwal, Shahid-ul-Islam, Naeem Khan and Bitta Karate were arrested.

After the arrests took place they were sent to 10-day NIA custody the next day. Six of them were arrested from Srinagar, while Bitta Karate was arrested from New Delhi.

The NIA specifically questioned Farooq Ahmed Dar alias Bitta Karate and Gazi Javed Baba at that time.

The NIA is said to be probing all aspects of funding to separatist leaders and how they reportedly used these funds to fuel unrest in the Kashmir Valley.


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